Riviera Hotel & Casino Breaks Ground on New Convention and Entertainment Center

Nov 18, 1997, 00:00 ET from Riviera Hotel & Casino

    LAS VEGAS, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Riviera Hotel & Casino has broken
 ground on a second convention and entertainment center which will bring the
 total convention space to more than 181,000 square feet.  The projected
 completion date is October, 1998.  This new $20 million construction project
 parallels an on-going $50 million total refurbishment of the Riviera's 2,071
 rooms and suites, casino, public areas and physical facilities.
     "The construction of our new convention facility and room renovations are
 just the start of a plan to push the Riviera into the 21st century, while
 keeping its 'old Las Vegas' appeal," said Riviera President and CEO William L.
 Westerman.  "We have the best property in Las Vegas now and we're going to
 make it even better."
     The new facility, which totals 86,000 square feet, will feature 46,000
 square feet of exhibit space.  It will contain 10 breakout meeting rooms
 totaling 7,200 square feet and 20 sky box/hospitality suites totaling 17,200
 square feet.
     Overlooking the exhibit floor, the sky box/hospitality suites range from
 540 to 1,300 square feet and can be interconnected to accommodate larger
 groups.  All units have two tiers of 12 theater seats and the 1,300-square-
 foot boxes will be equipped with wet bars and private restrooms.
     The new convention/entertainment facility has a total concert seating
 capacity of 5,700 and can accommodate up to 2,500 for sit-down banquets.
 Other features include a portable stage, ceiling tech booth, entertainer
 dressing rooms with full baths, handicapped accessible restrooms facilities on
 all floors, and a 192-space underground parking facility with elevator access
 to all floors.  The new addition is connected to the existing convention
 facility and the main hotel buildings by a covered walkway.
     "The Riviera has always been known for its innovative and aggressive
 entertainment program and this new facility gives us the tool to bring bigger
 and better entertainment to our guests," said Vice President of Marketing
 Robert Vannucci.  "Our slogan is 'The Entertainment Center of Las Vegas' and
 everyone expects us to be the best.  Now, with a 5,700-seat theater, we will
 exceed everyone's expectations."
     Combined with the existing convention facility, the Riviera offers
 convention and meeting planners 90,640 square feet of exhibit space, 19
 breakout rooms with a total of 21,000 square feet, an additional 17,200 square
 feet in the 20 interconnecting sky box/hospitality suites and a 15,000 square
 foot foyer with two registration desks, Business Center and connecting
 offices, and a full-service banquet kitchen.  In addition to the new 192-space
 underground parking facility, the convention facility has direct access to a
 1,600-space covered parking garage.
     The Riviera totally refurbished the existing convention center in 1993.
 In addition to new carpeting, wall coverings and lighting, movable wall panels
 were added to the exhibition space which offers convenience in changing room
     In 1996, the Riviera undertook a $17 million refurbishing plan of all
 rooms, suites and corridors.  The plan, which is nearly completed, called for
 all 2,071 rooms to be completely renovated, including furniture, lighting,
 artwork, ceramic tile, marble vanities, bath fixtures, bedding, wall covering,
 drapes and carpeting.
     "The result of our total renovation will be a brand new facility with the
 spacious, comfortable feeling that is inherent in most older properties,"
 stated Riviera Vice President of Construction John Franzoi.  "We've
 incorporated a Mediterranean motif, combining colors, furniture style and
 Behren's artwork on the walls to reflect the image of the Riviera."
     Through a systematic maintenance program, renovation and exciting new
 construction, the Riviera Hotel & Casino is continually working to keep its
 place as one of the world's finest facilities for visitors, conventions, and

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